June 19, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A six-part series featuring the many attractions of a New Brunswick vacation will begin airing on CTV's travel + escape channel on July 25. The series will air in regular rotation on the Discovery HD Channel in Canada as well as selectively on Saturday afternoons on CTV's main channel on the travel + escape time-slot.
Stuart Jamieson, minister of tourism and parks, and Glen Ferguson of Ferguson AUDIO in Bathurst, made the announcement today.
The "New Brunswick Adventures" television series, developed by Ferguson AUDIO and hosted by Ferguson and Robyn Audet, is a day-adventure series based on the five scenic drives in the province.
"Having a series such as this one, dedicated to showcasing our province and its scenic drives on specialty travel channels, will show travellers that New Brunswick is a great place to be if they are looking for a unique vacation experience," said Jamieson. "Tourism is an important economic driver for our goal of self-sufficiency, and initiatives such as this one help to increase the number of visitors who come to our province each year."
In the series, Ferguson and Audet visit historical and cultural sites, stopping along the way to interview locals and take part in the many day adventures.
The idea for the series originated when Ferguson and Bathurst MLA Brian Kenny met with CTV about undertaking a pilot show.
"They believed the series was world-class and worthy of taking on for a few years," said Ferguson. "Today, we have landed a deal like no other. National exposure of our province on these high-profile broadcasters is a great tool to promote our area."
Ferguson recognized Jamieson and Tourism and Parks for marketing the province as a tourist destination in new and innovative ways.
"They took a chance with this project, and I believe my team has delivered above and beyond their expectations," Ferguson said.
Air times on the travel + escape channel will be Fridays at 11 p.m. and Saturdays at 3 a.m. and 2 p.m. The series will also be aired again in its entirety in October.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Following is a synopsis of each episode. MEDIA CONTACT: Alison Aiton, communications, Tourism and Parks, 506-444-4454.
Episode One: "Bay of Fundy"
Ferguson and Audet visit various locations, including Cape Enrage for rappelling and exploring caves. They also visit the Hopewell Rocks.
Episode Two: "St. Andrews"
Ferguson and Audet visit Ministers Island, the summer estate of Sir William Cornelius Van Horne, who built the Canadian Pacific Railroad. They also play a round of golf at the Fairmount Algonquin resort, and go whale watching.
Episode Three: "Rivers - Atlantic salmon adventure"
Ferguson fishes on the Miramichi and Restigouche rivers, while Audet climbs Sugarloaf Mountain and canoes down the Restigouche River.
Episode Four: "Acadian coastline"
Ferguson visits the Village Historique Acadien, while Audet visits the Shippagan Marine Centre.
Episode Five: "Saint John River Valley"
Ferguson visits Fredericton and Kings Landing Historical Settlement. Audet travels to Saint John, visiting the Carleton Martello Tower, the Irving Nature Park and the Saint John City Market.
Episode Six: "Three seasons"
Ferguson climbs Mount Carleton, while Audet tackles Mount Sagamook. They also visit the Fundy Trail. Ferguson kayaks the rock formations around St. Martins.